Consumer demand for higher quality foods has forced big chocolate companies like Nestle and now Hershey to change the ingredients in their products. So is Hershey Chocolates going completely non GMO? Not exactly, but it seems like they are throwing out the idea. Hershey has announced that they will be re-formulating new products and transitioning existing products to have no artificial flavors, no synthetic colors, no high fructose corn-syrup and to be gluten-free. They state that “Hershey’s Kisses and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate standard size bars (1.55 oz) are already gluten-free and contain no high fructose corn syrup. We are removing artificial flavors (vanillin) and the emulsifiers PGPR and moving to non-genetically modified sugar and milk from cows that have not been treated with rBST.”
They will be initiating these changes in 2015 with the launch of Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars and the reformulation of Hershey’s Kisses and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars. They will remove the genetically modified sugar and the milk from cows treated with rBST but it will still contain soy lecithin that is most likely GM. They do mention however that “We are leading industry conversations with suppliers and building our manufacturing capabilities to pursue non-genetically modified ingredients.” To read the Simple Commitment to Goodness question and answer by The Hershey Company read here.
It is great to hear when a company decides to start changing to healthier ingredients. We all need to put pressure for our food suppliers to change for the better. How can we do that? We do it everyday when we buy our groceries, go out to eat and decide what we will feed our family. If we try to choose foods that are free of chemicals and GMO’s then that is what food companies will have to sell us. If we keep buying junk, then they will sell and feed us only what we ask for.
What some chocolate but want it Non GMO? Here is my recipe for a tasty Non-GMO chocolate, and it is very easy to make!
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